Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Fashionable Affair

I wanted to share some photos from our trip to New Orleans. The extended weekend was pretty magical - not only did we get to see some of our favorite friends, but the bride and groom got married in style. After exchanging vows in a beautiful courtyard, the entire wedding party was marched through the French Quarter behind the Second Line band Treme, which included a stop in Jackson Square for their first dance. 

To say it was beautiful wouldn't do justice to how amazing this wedding was. And because the bride and groom are such stylish folks, you can bet their wedding guests were too. Below are some photos of the grand affair. 

Tis True
The tall drink of handsome next to me is my date - we didn't mean to, but we matched!

At the Pharmacy Museum just after vows were exchanged
The twins and I after the reception - feeling the New Orleans spirit
Love this man!
I took some video of the wedding as well, and will share that as soon as it's ready (you wouldn't believe how long it takes a non tech savvy girl to make these things happen!) Until then, I hope you've enjoyed. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

All That Glitters

Happy Monday Lovelies! As you're reading this I'm returning from a weekend in New Orleans. As I mentioned on Friday, we're in the Big Easy to celebrate another wedding (if you're counting, that's 4 this season, none of which were in Boston) and en route back to Boston today. Since I don't have an outfit for you (yet), I thought I'd show you what I wore to the wedding via designer images. 

 I was lucky enough to score this sparkly Diamante Tiered Dress from Apart Style last year via a giveaway. I wore it once to Stephen's office holiday party, and was never documented wearing it, so took the opportunity to wear it again. I thought it would be sassy enough to storm the streets of the French Quarter.

I have to admit that it was love at first sight with this clutch from House of Harlow 1960. I knew I wanted something in red (there again with my red obsession) and this clutch just looked so bad ass. I love everything about this clutch - from the gold studs to the jaguar head clasp.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start, and I promise I'll have photos from New Orleans later this week. Until then, enjoy the start to your week! 


Friday, October 14, 2011

The Perks of Being a Model

I think nearly every young girl has dreams of being a model when she grows up. I know that I certainly did. And while my HUGE boat feet gave me hope that I'd grow into them, alas, the abrupt stoppage of height at just 5'4" ensured that I'd never have a career careening down the walkway. 

After seeing this slideshow from Fashionista earlier this week, I'm a little thankful that I didn't end up a runway model. Take a look at what the various Fashion Week(s) does to a dainty doll (note: not for the faint of heart or those with feet issues)

The Great Escape
It’s tough to keep the pinky toe in check. This was especially evident at Christian Dior, where they were slipping out the sides. The problem? We’re putting our money on the poorly-placed strap at the front. 

 The Ill-Fit
This is probably the most common runway problem. Either too tight, or too large, models often have to contend with ill-fitting shoes that may fly off at any second, or will cut circulation off completely. Opened-toed sandals seem to be the best bet since the toes at least have somewhere to go.

 The Wardrobe Malfunction
Not as common as the others, but the broken heel has been known to happen. These Mugler heels were needle-thin. Too thin, in fact, since many of them seemed to have bent right out of shape. Or perhaps they simply buckled in fright after that bizarre video of Lady Gaga

The Protective Measures
For any woman who wears heels on a regular basis, you can be pretty sure there will be a few bandaids kicking around her purse. The aesthetics of the bandage are probably the reason why more aren’t seen on the runways, though we wonder whether it’s always the right choice. Scabs are pretty tough to look at, too. Speaking of… 

The Wear and Tear
The slow decline of a model’s foot is obvious when looking at the collections from city to city. The pristine skin and tone from the beginning of NYFW takes a sharp turn by the time the model makes it to Paris, none evidenced so clearly than at Louis Vuitton, one of the very last Paris shows. Bruises, cuts, discoloration… it’s a bit scary, to be honest. We hope all the models are now enjoying a good rest. And hopefully a foot rub. 

On that note lovelies, I think it's time you kick off your heels and put on some flats to enjoy the weekend. I'm in New Orleans right now celebrating a wedding, so you can bet I'm in my fanciest heels navigating Bourbon Street. Hopefully I don't end up like these models when the weekend is said and done.  Enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Recipe: Spinach Summer Salad

Yesterday I woke up with a craving for salad. Recently I discovered an easy-to-make recipe from Ellie Krieger's "So Easy" (remember that delicious Steak Chimichurri recipe I wrote about this summer?) that's just sliced strawberries, fresh mozzerella, fresh basil and a balsamic vinaigrette. Like I said, yesterday I woke up with a craving for salad and I wanted to incorporate this salad but add my own twist to it. It's hard to have a craving for salad before lunch time and have to wait ALL DAY to come home and make it, but I survived. 

Because I was coming from Bar Method (have you been yet? If not, check out Najeema's write up on this awesome workout), I knew my butt would be kicked and that a protein rich salad would hit the spot. The result was better than I could have imagined. Doesn't this look mmm-azing? 

Recipe: Spinach Salad with Strawberries
1 package of perdue skinless chicken breasts
1 package, organic spinach
1 quart Strawberries
1 package of fresh mozzarella 
2 Tbsp balsamic 

Season chicken breast with a little salt and pepper - use a grill pan and cook thoroughly, chop into pieces
Slice strawberries into quarters
Cut mozzarella into cubes
Rinse 1 cup of spinach
Assemble into salad bowl
Finish w/ drizzle of balsamic vinegar 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Urban Cowboy

One of my favorite things about the weather cooling is the ability to throw a blazer on. There are very few other things that instantly jazz up an outfit like a blazer. 

I found this tweed blazer for a steal at my local Buffalo Exchange last week and threw it on over a white shirt and jeggings for an afternoon lunch with a girlfriend. I have a feeling I'll be wearing this outfit a lot more often since it's a simple ensemble. 

Jeggings - Swapped
Boots - DSW
Short Necklace - Shabby Apple
Long Necklace - Jewel Mint

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just a little pop of color

A colleague recently asked me if red is my favorite color. Confused, I asked her why she would think that and she responded that I'm always wearing something red. For the record, red is not my favorite color. Purple is. How many purple items do I own? Two. How's that for ironic?

Looking through my outfits lately though, it's clear that I've got an affinity for red. Maybe it's because red is my POWER color. I feel good in red. It's such a "look at me" color. But far be it from me to wear all red and really scream look at me! No, for me, red is more of an accent. A little POP of color to an otherwise neutral palate. 

Take today's outfit. A simple black and white dress. Nothing extraordinary about it. A simple bow at the neckline. All business in the front. But in the back?

Dress - Shabby Apple
Fishnet stockings - Target
Suede pumps - Urban Outfitters
necklace (used as a bracelet) - Forever XXI
Sunnies - Kate Spade
Lipstick - "Truly Red" Laura Mercier  

In the back - BAM. All party. Just a little accent to an otherwise neutral palate.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Red and Leopard

A few weeks ago (yes, I realize I'm THAT far behind) I had the luxury of attending the Boston Globe's Celebration of the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians for 2011 (for a fabulous recap, check out Brilliance of B.) I met up with Kristen and Brittany for cocktails, people watching, and, of course, outfit watching.

Me, Brittany and Kristen
The event was sponsored by Chambord, so most of Boston's fashion elite gathered to sip on pink martinis and nosh on delicious hors d'oeuvres. The show even had a red carpet, so naturally we had to snap a photo or two. Thanks to Brittany for capturing all the photos!

Top - Tilly's
Blazer - Gap
Shorts - swapped
Tights - Target
Booties - Kohl's

For the event I went casual glam. I wore these red shorts and this leopard blouse plus a black velvet blazer. I added some black tights and open toed booties and called it good. Thanks to Kristen for the extended invite to join you and for the Globe for recognizing some of the stylish Bostonians.